The game against the San Jose Earthquakes was supposed to be in the 62,000-capacity Kabam Field at the University of California in Berkeley but has been changed to the Earthquakes’ 18,000-capacity Avaya Stadium in San Jose.
A statement released by the University venue that was supposed to host the game said: “Our campus representatives were informed by our promotional partner, Relevent Sports, that the Manchester United vs. San Jose Earthquakes match scheduled for July 21 at California Memorial Stadium, has been relocated to Avaya Stadium in San Jose.
“We were informed that the change in venue was made in order to better meet Manchester United’s travel and logistical requirements.”
United suffered a spate of injuries last season and at one point were without the services of 11 first team players for a trip to Villa in April, so it might not come as a surprise to hear that Van Gaal is trying to prevent the same thing from happening again next season.
Van Gaal wanted to avoid a 90-mile round trip, with the outward journey taking as long as two hours, in order to play the game in Berkeley.
It’s this sort of action which shows how much power and control Van Gaal has established despite having only at the club for one season.
These changes focus purely on improving conditions for the players, so Van Gaal is doing his best to make sure United don’t lose the season opener this time around.
Van Gaal exerting such power is a kick-back to the days of Sir Alex Ferguson and it’s fantastic to see him push the corporate arm around in order to suit then needs of his players, first and foremost.